Stanford University is the home of interdisciplinary thinking that catalyzes innovation. Artists on the Future, the Komal Shah and Gaurav Garg Artist Conversation Series pairs world-famous artists with cultural thought leaders to talk about issues vital to our society. The latest installment in the series is a discussion between Njideka Akunyili Crosby and Thelma Golden, which will take place on Monday, November 16 at 5pm (PT). Viewers must register to receive a link for this free, public event, for which they may also submit questions ahead of time for the speakers.  

One of the most acclaimed painters working today and recipient of a MacArthur “Genius Grant,” artist Njideka Akunyili Crosby creates densely layered figurative compositions that, precise in style, nonetheless conjure the complexity of contemporary experience.

Thelma Golden is the Director and Chief Curator of the Studio Museum in Harlem and a fierce advocate for diversity and equity in the art world. Her work has been recognized by the Ford Foundation, the Obama Foundation, and the Aspen Institute, among others.

The conversation will be moderated by Matthew Tiews, Stanford’s interim senior associate vice president for the arts.

Join on Monday, November 16 at 5pm (PT).

To receive a link and submit questions for Njideka Akunyili Crosby and Thelma Golden, register at